Should Missouri legalize marijuana?
Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, December, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo. (KSDK) - More than 200 people gathered Wednesday night at the St. Louis Ethical Society in Richmond Heights for a marijuana debate of a different kind.
This time, the discussion involved law enforcement. The National Narcotics Officers Coalition has never addressed marijuana proponent organization, Show Me Cannabis, until now.
Vice President of NNOC, Sgt. Jason Grellner, said Show Me Cannabis has recently been holding several town meeting about legalizing marijuana in Missouri and he felt it was time people heard the other side.
Show Me Cannabis is planning to poll voters in 2014 to see if there is enough support to putting marijuana legalization on the ballot next year.
Show Me Cannabis Executive Director John Payne and Sgt. Grellner faced off in a respectful, professional debate for 90 minutes -- which included questions from the audience.
When asked who won, St. Louis City resident Cecil King said, "It's probably about half and half, both arguments on both sides, very good. It's something both sides should get involved in and take a look at."
"They both want the same end, which is to stop the abuse of a drug, but they're coming at it in different directions," said St. Louis City Resident Mike Votaw.
Sgt. Grellner says he has no immediate plans to debate again with Show Me Cannabis.
As the Missouri marijuana debate continues, it is important to note, that Illinois will legalize medical marijuana in January.
Category: Nugs | Posted on Thu, December, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
How You Can Help End Cannabis Prohibition
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, December, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
Let's face it, getting your voice heard is pretty difficult in such a loud world. Unless you're involved in politics, there's not a lot of people that are ready to listen to you. A lot of the people that are in power today grew up being told that cannabis was the devil's lettuce and that it made people crazy. While we're pretty sure that doesn't happen, not everyone is quite convinced. There are a lot of incredibly stubborn people in the world and convincing them that cannabis isn't bad takes a lot of patience. On an individual level, it can seem almost impossible to get involved in the industry.
Knowing how to use social media is the best way to get your voice heard. Social networking is a tool, not just something to fool around on for hours. By using social media, a person can gather likeminded people who, in turn, reach more likeminded people. It's a ripple effect but one must actually recognize what they're doing, much like a puppet master. By manipulating the channels of social media, a single idea can grow and spread until it becomes a movement. The sudden spike in cannabis enthusiasm came from somewhere... And with the amazing speed and connectivity of the internet, it could be safe to say that the web has had a large hand in getting people involved.
If you have a local NORML chapter, get involved with that. And if there isn't one around you, start one! They make it fairly easy to get a chapter going. Then you'll be at the head of a chapter and you can really work on getting cannabis to where it needs to be. Talk to people, especially family members, who are the hardest to convince of the benefits of cannabis. By educating other people, we can change their minds ever so slowly. It may take a while but in the end, every person who's mind you change counts! If, at the end of the day, you've managed to convince your marijuana-hating grandmother in to a slightly more accepting woman, then you've helped. It's the little things that really count.
Denver Prepares For 2014 Legalization
Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, December, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
With January being the month that Denver will put their legalization bill in to effect, the state is scrambling to figure out where they're going to put the weed stores. The waiting list for permits grows a bit every day and people are beginning to get frustrated with how long the licenses seem to be taking. The list as of right now has over 100 businesses on it, all requesting to be a licensed marijuana shop. But unfortunately for Denver, there may be as little as five to ten shops opening when the bill goes in to effect.
The city and state are the ones obstructing the licensing of marijuana retailers, almost as if they're trying to stop the bill from passing just by being asinine. By delaying these documents, perhaps the governments hopes to deter people from even trying to obtain a permit, limiting the number of shops in the area. The government in Colorado is legitimately trying to stop democracy and it is 100% wrong, not to mention incredibly immature. Maybe they don't understand but the bill has passed and if the government decides that they will keep delaying permits, I'm sure that there will be some sort of rebellion from the citizens who voted to legalize.
The Mayor in Denver, Michael Hancock, has been anti-cannabis since day one. When asked by the Denver Post is he hated the idea of marijuana, Hancock replied "Yes" without a second of hesitation. He went on to say in this interview that he has "seen the devastation of the progression of marijuana to a harsher drug like crack cocaine and a lot of folks that have dealt with substance abuse - particularly with cocaine and crack cocaine - they started with marijuana." Long story short, Hancock is just long winding the gateway drug theory. His quote could easily have been used fifty years ago and the reasoning holds no water. People do crack cocaine because they said yes to the first time someone offered it to them. Marijuana did not hold a gun to those peoples' heads and say "You will do crack cocaine". No, that definitely did not happen.
Denver's absurdly childish response to the legalization of marijuana just shows that even when the plant is legal, there are still many hurdles that we'll have to jump over. We believe that the fight ends once the bills say it's legal but there's much more to it than that. Just because the law says it, doesn't mean that people will agree with it. Once the laws change, we will still have to change the minds of people like Michael Hancock and the other members of the Denver government that are dragging their feet with this. The fight for marijuana acceptance will never truly end, while legalization gets continuously closer, even though it's slow.
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